SEATTLE -- Josh Hamilton was back in the Texas lineup on Tuesday night for the series opener with the Mariners after getting a cortisone shot in his right knee to reduce the inflammation from his patella tendinitis. Hamilton received the shot on Sunday after the Rangers' game against the Angels. "It's good to go," said Hamilton, who did not start Saturday or Sunday. "It feels 95 percent better. As soon as the needle hits the spot. ... You feel it. It feels good."
This is the second cortisone shot Hamilton has received in the knee this season. He had one three months ago, and he's hoping this will carry him through the rest of the season. The Rangers do not expect this to linger over the final couple of months. Other than that, Hamilton said he is ready for the stretch drive. "That's the only thing that was bothering me," Hamilton said. "Everything else feels good. You can't predict something else happening, but as far as my knee, I'm good to go." Hamilton was in the lineup, but Vladimir Guerrero was not. Manager Ron Washington went through with his plan to give Guerrero a day off and use Michael Young at designated hitter. With Monday's off-day, this gives Guerrero two days off in a row. The Rangers are off next Monday, so Washington wants to do the same thing. He is planning to give Guerrero a day off on Sunday and again use Young at designated hitter. "My main intention is to make sure Vladimir stays strong," Washington said.